SSEA would like your opinion!

South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA) was founded in 2007 as a result of community interest in creating opportunities for the public to learn about estuaries, geology, natural and cultural history, marine life, and human impact on the Puget Sound. The mission of SSEA is to create access for all ages, that expands environmental knowledge and fosters public awareness, enjoyment and health of south Puget Sound – its estuaries and marine environment through classroom, field, and on the water interactive educational opportunities.

The SSEA board of directors is engaging their stakeholders to develop future plans for the non-profit organization, and they would appreciate your input by completing the following online survey by the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

Click on this link  SSEA Survey ~ Quick and Easy . The survey has ten short questions and should take you less than ten minutes to complete.

The survey will be open from Thursday, November 12 through Monday, November 30. Your responses will be completely anonymous and will provide valuable information to help us in our programs for years to

Thank you for your time!


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Discovery Speaker Series

It’s time to mark your calendars for our upcoming November and December events! Please join us for an evening of learning.   Discovery Speaker Series  meets on the second Thursday of the month from November through April.

Location: WET Science Center at LOTT, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia
~ 6:30 PM  Social gathering and refreshments

~ 7:00 – 8:30 PM  Presentations

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 
Drought 2015 – What did we learn about climate change?
Ginny Stern – Hydrogeologist WA State Dept of Health
~Speaking on how climate change impacts our drinking and what utilities and people are doing to adapt to change.
Paul Pickett – Environmental Engineer WA State Dept of Ecology
Speaking on drought and climate change impacts on stream flow, fish, wildlife and the Puget Sound.

Co-Hosted by the Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE) and LOTT

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 
Dr. Christopher Krembs – Oceanographer Department of Ecology since 2008 ~ The BLOB – What is Causing the Drought? Presents an overview of the unusual Pacific Ocean conditions and he will explain how the unusually warm ocean water off Washington’s coastline has affected Puget Sound’s water quality in 2015.

Co-Hosted by LOTT

Olympian article announcing the 2015-2016 Discovery Speaker Series


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Love Salmon? Opportunity knocks!

Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail volunteers needed!

Training at the Trail Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:30AM – 3:00PM

Originally opened in 2001, KCST is a unique opportunity to view chum salmon as they return to their natal watershed to spawn. This fall over 5,000 students and community members will visit Kennedy Creek to witness the return of the salmon and learn about salmon spawning behavior and anatomy. Docents are the heart and soul of the Trail, guiding school groups and answering visitors’ questions

Please RVSP with Jerilyn Walley (360)412-0808 ext 107

For more information about volunteering ~ Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail Volunteers

with South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group



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7th Annual Cruise is full

540057_363866390356581_1169355988_nThanks to all who have signed up for the cruise.  It is now full and registration closed.

To those who would have liked to participate, but can’t due to the cruise reaching capacity…we will be back next year.  Hope you will look for the registration announcement and register early for this special day.



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Art from the Oceans (Starting October 2nd for 2 weeks)

The Estuarium is proud to present Art from the Oceans, an exhibition of marine and estuarine block print art from the 5-7th graders at Olympia Regional Learning Academy.
Given this special exhibit, the Estuarium will be open on Friday October 2nd during the Fall arts walk from 5-9 pm, as well as our regular Saturday and Sunday hours, and will have the exhibition up for two weeks.


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National Estuaries Week events

Sept 19 – Sept 26 is National Estuaries week! Celebrate these amazing habitats with us the next two weekends with arts and crafts for the kids and special access to our EnviroScape watershed table! Visitors between 11:30 and 12:00 will get to watch our tank denizens feed, and a few lucky guests at this time will get to assist with feeding!

Fan of our Facebook Page? Stay tuned for a weeklong photo scavenger hunt. One lucky participant will win free admission to the Estuarium for themselves or 50% off family admission!

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Joy at the Estuarium

unnamed-6unnamed-5  See the awe and joy of these children who visited last weekend!  Share the joy!  Bring friends to visit.  Estuarium open from 11 – 4 Saturday and Sunday!  Something for all ages!


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October 11, 2015, 1 – 5 pm SSEA Benefit Cruise

540057_363866390356581_1169355988_nThe 7th SSEA Benefit Cruise is going to be wonderful.   Glynnis Nakai, Manager of the Nisqually Refuge will be onboard. The cruise will take us from Port Plaza dock, through Dana Passage, to the Refuge.  Glynnis will will share with us what is happening since the dike was removed.  Learn more about Glynnis.  Glynnis

Good food, marine education, friends, and a day on the water.  WHAT could be better!  Reserve your space!  Sign up today!

All proceeds benefit marine/estuary education for south Puget Sound residents and visitors of all ages.  



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August 22nd 1 pm Last of the Estuarium Summer Lectures

August 22nd, 1 – 2 pm at the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia

Bruce Bolding, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, “Beyond the Estuary: Warmwater Fishes of Washington”

Join us for the presentation and see all new new creatures in the aquariums.  We have 2 types of gunnels, several kinds of sea stars, baby pipefish and MORE!images-1

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Visit the SSEA Table at the Olympia Farmer’s Market this weekend

DSCN3138 Our wonderful Estuarium needs more visitors.  We have many new creatures…more baby pipefish were born last Sunday.  So create more visibility for this community resource, we will tabling at the farmer’s market this weekend, August 1 & 2 and the weekend of August 22 and 23.  LOOK for us!  Stop by to say hi and pick up your own Estuarium bookmark.  Help us let more people know about the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia.

Oh by the way, do stop by and see the mural on the side of the building.  It is amazing….Carrie Zielger, muralist, and fellow painter, Annie Douglas, have been out in this heat adding exceptional details!  The creatures just jump off the building.



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